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Distinguished Visitor Day marks official start of Exercise Cold Response 16

By Lance Cpl. Brianna Gaudi, II Marine Expeditionary Force


Norwegian Leopard tank crews from the Telemark Battalion prepare for a live-fire exercise in Rena, Norway, Feb. 18, 2016. The U.S. Marines and Norwegians are preparing for Exercise Cold Response 16, which will bring together 12 NATO Allied and partner nations and approximately 16,000 troops in order to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments. The Norwegian Telemark Battalion instructed various U.S. Marine units on cold weather survival techniques to driving armored vehicles on ice-covered roads in the weeks leading up to exercise Cold Response 16 beginning at the end of the month.  The two nations along with the other participating countries will conduct multi-lateral training to improve U.S. Marine Corps capability to operate in cold-weather environments.
Main battle tank at sunrise in Norway
Norwegian Leopard tank crews from the Telemark Battalion prepare for a live-fire exercise in Rena, Norway, Feb. 18, 2016. The U.S. Marines and Norwegians are preparing for Exercise Cold Response 16, which will bring together 12 NATO Allied and partner nations and approximately 16,000 troops in order to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments. The Norwegian Telemark Battalion instructed various U.S. Marine units on cold weather survival techniques to driving armored vehicles on ice-covered roads in the weeks leading up to exercise Cold Response 16 beginning at the end of the month. The two nations along with the other participating countries will conduct multi-lateral training to improve U.S. Marine Corps capability to operate in cold-weather environments.
A U.S. Army soldier presents the capabilities of an M1A2 tank on display in Namsos, Norway, March 1, 2016, during Distinguished Visitor Day as part of Exercise Cold Response 16. Distinguished Visitor Day provided high-ranking personnel from all 13 participating countries an overview of the scope, intent and capabilities achieved through integration of personnel and equipment among NATO allies and partners nations. During Cold Response, more than 15,000 troops will work together, learn from each other and sustain and strengthen partnerships, operational capabilities, and coordination.
Distinguished Visitor Day marks official start of Exercise Cold Response 16
A U.S. Army soldier presents the capabilities of an M1A2 tank on display in Namsos, Norway, March 1, 2016, during Distinguished Visitor Day as part of Exercise Cold Response 16. Distinguished Visitor Day provided high-ranking personnel from all 13 participating countries an overview of the scope, intent and capabilities achieved through integration of personnel and equipment among NATO allies and partners nations. During Cold Response, more than 15,000 troops will work together, learn from each other and sustain and strengthen partnerships, operational capabilities, and coordination.
A Norwegian officer (right) and Swedish officer exchange warm welcomes in Namsos, Norway, March 1, 2016, during Distinguished Visitor Day as part of Exercise Cold Response 16. Distinguished Visitor Day provided high-ranking personnel from all 13 participating countries an overview of the scope, intent and capabilities achieved through integration of personnel and equipment among NATO allies and partners nations. During Cold Response, more than 15,000 troops will work together, learn from each other and sustain and strengthen partnerships, operational capabilities, and coordination.
Distinguished Visitor Day marks official start of Exercise Cold Response 16
A Norwegian officer (right) and Swedish officer exchange warm welcomes in Namsos, Norway, March 1, 2016, during Distinguished Visitor Day as part of Exercise Cold Response 16. Distinguished Visitor Day provided high-ranking personnel from all 13 participating countries an overview of the scope, intent and capabilities achieved through integration of personnel and equipment among NATO allies and partners nations. During Cold Response, more than 15,000 troops will work together, learn from each other and sustain and strengthen partnerships, operational capabilities, and coordination.
Norwegian Leopard tank crews from the Telemark Battalion prepare for a live-fire exercise in Rena, Norway, Feb. 18, 2016. The U.S. Marines and Norwegians are preparing for Exercise Cold Response 16, which will bring together 12 NATO Allied and partner nations and approximately 16,000 troops in order to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments. The Norwegian Telemark Battalion instructed various U.S. Marine units on cold weather survival techniques to driving armored vehicles on ice-covered roads in the weeks leading up to exercise Cold Response 16 beginning at the end of the month.  The two nations along with the other participating countries will conduct multi-lateral training to improve U.S. Marine Corps capability to operate in cold-weather environments.
Norwegian telemark battalion crews prepare for live-fire range
Norwegian Leopard tank crews from the Telemark Battalion prepare for a live-fire exercise in Rena, Norway, Feb. 18, 2016. The U.S. Marines and Norwegians are preparing for Exercise Cold Response 16, which will bring together 12 NATO Allied and partner nations and approximately 16,000 troops in order to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments. The Norwegian Telemark Battalion instructed various U.S. Marine units on cold weather survival techniques to driving armored vehicles on ice-covered roads in the weeks leading up to exercise Cold Response 16 beginning at the end of the month. The two nations along with the other participating countries will conduct multi-lateral training to improve U.S. Marine Corps capability to operate in cold-weather environments.
Norwegian Coastal Ranger Commandos approach shore in an SB90 combat boat in Namsos, Norway, March 1, 2016. The special operators transported distinguished visitors from shore to Norwegian Navy ships as part of Distinguished Visitors Day, officially kicking off Exercise Cold Response 16 throughout the country. Cold Response 16 brings together 13 NATO allies and partner nations in a 10-day cold weather exercise designed to enhance partnerships and collective crisis response capabilities.
Distinguished Visitor Day marks start of Cold Response 16
Norwegian Coastal Ranger Commandos approach shore in an SB90 combat boat in Namsos, Norway, March 1, 2016. The special operators transported distinguished visitors from shore to Norwegian Navy ships as part of Distinguished Visitors Day, officially kicking off Exercise Cold Response 16 throughout the country. Cold Response 16 brings together 13 NATO allies and partner nations in a 10-day cold weather exercise designed to enhance partnerships and collective crisis response capabilities.
Members of the Norwegian Home Guard Quick Reaction Force stopped by a main battle tank live-fire range in Rena, Norway, Feb. 18, 2016. The U.S. Marines and Norwegians are preparing for Exercise Cold Response 16, which will bring together 12 NATO Allied and partner nations and approximately 16,000 troops in order to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments. The Norwegian Telemark Battalion instructs U.S. Marine amphibious assault vehicle personnel from 2nd Amphibious Assault Battalion on techniques of driving tracked vehicles in winter conditions on an ice track in Rena, Norway, Feb. 15. In the weeks leading up to exercise Cold Response 16, at the end of the month, the two nations will conduct bilateral training to improve U.S. Marine Corps capability to operate in cold-weather environments.
A range visit from the Norwegian quick reaction force
Members of the Norwegian Home Guard Quick Reaction Force stopped by a main battle tank live-fire range in Rena, Norway, Feb. 18, 2016. The U.S. Marines and Norwegians are preparing for Exercise Cold Response 16, which will bring together 12 NATO Allied and partner nations and approximately 16,000 troops in order to enhance joint crisis response capabilities in cold weather environments. The Norwegian Telemark Battalion instructs U.S. Marine amphibious assault vehicle personnel from 2nd Amphibious Assault Battalion on techniques of driving tracked vehicles in winter conditions on an ice track in Rena, Norway, Feb. 15. In the weeks leading up to exercise Cold Response 16, at the end of the month, the two nations will conduct bilateral training to improve U.S. Marine Corps capability to operate in cold-weather environments.
NAMSOS, Norway -- NATO allies and partner nations gathered assets and personnel to present to distinguished visitors during Exercise Cold Response 16, March 1, 2016.

Distinguished Visitor Day provided high-ranking personnel from all 13 participating countries an overview of the scope, intent and capabilities achieved through integration of NATO allies and partners nations.
DV day included an exercise overview, tours of Norwegian naval vessels and a fly-over featuring a U.S. Air Force B-52 escorted by two Norwegian F-16 fighters. A static display of troops, vehicles and weapons representing participants provided a close-up view and subject matter experts to answer questions about capabilities and how they will be integrated during Cold Response.

“The display provides each nation with the ability to demonstrate the interoperability between our nations’ gear and see the similarities and differences of how they operate on the battlefield together,” said Capt. Matthew Heath, company commander of the U.S Army’s Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Sharing information among NATO allies and partners enables and reinforces collective defense capabilities.
“I think what’s most important is that we show we are reliable partners to all our NATO comrades,” said Maj. Laurens Reinders, commanding officer of the Dutch Army’s 43rd Brigade Reconnaissance Squadron. “We have to work together to make a stronger bond.”

More than 15,000 troops will work together, learn from each other and sustain and strengthen partnerships, operational capabilities, and coordination during the cold-weather training.

“Anytime we do something outside the box, it strains some of our systems,” said Heath. “When we do an exercise like this, we become more efficient and become more comfortable with our allies.”

The exercise will provide the countries time to identify challenges and overcome them by capitalizing on combined strengths and cooperation.

“My desired end state of Cold Response is to better understand how to work with each other and continue to do that in the future,” said Reinders.

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